STATE 2, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 1
0-2-0 in MAC
2-0-0 in MAC
NIU --- Jill Heikkila (Megan Kolkay assist), 17:48 Gone.
BSU --- Kate Nadalin (Alicia Kalafut assist), 31:40 Gone.
BSU --- Amy Holst (Dee Nocero assist), 67:47 Gone.
GIVE SOLID EFFORT BUT COME UP SHORT AT BALL STATE POSTS 2-1 WOMEN'S
IN---Everything worked the Northern Illinois University women's
soccer coach Frank Horvat planned Friday (Sept. 19) against Ball
State University. Well, almost everything, as the Cardinals rallied
from behind for a 2-1 victory in Mid-American Conference play.
Ball State---the coaches' preseason favorite to win the MAC tournament
championship in November---improved to 4-2-1 overall with its third
consecutive victory and moved to 2-0-0 in conference play. Northern
Illinois falls to 1-5-0 on the season including an 0-2-0 mark in
"This was a great effort by this team today. We created some
great scoring chances, but we just couldn't get the ball in the
net," Horvat admitted. "We played really well today, but
just came up short."
forward Jill Heikkila (Chicago / Oak Park Fenwick) put Northern
Illinois up 1-0 at the 17:48 mark with her second goal of the season.
Freshman midfielder Megan Kolkay (Aurora / Waubonsie Valley) earned
her first collegiate point with the assist, finding the Huskie striker
open out front for a shot past BSU netminder Megan Swafford. The
Cardinals answered at 31:40 worked around her mark to beat Leigh
Steigerwald (Fort Lauderdale, FL / St. Thomas Aquinas) and send
the teams to intermission at 1-1.
State out-shot the Huskies 6-2 in the opening 45 minutes, but NIU's
other shot also nearly resulted in a goal as Katie Klaas (Cherry
Valley / Rockford Christian Life) beat Swafford from the side but
her shot rang off the post. A Cardinal defender was able to clear
the ball to avoid any further trouble.
claimed the lead at the 67:47 mark when Dee Nocero found freshman
Amy Holst open for the decisive tally on a counter-attack. Holst
got behind the Huskie defense for her second match-winner of the
week, as her goal on Sunday (Sept. 14) lifted Ball State past Miami
(OH) University 1-0 in the Cardinals' MAC opener.
played like we did against Creighton (last Friday). We did a lot
of good things today," Horvat said. "The only negative
aspect was the result. This was a winnable game and we let it go
by. We didn't get the result we needed today, but if we continue
to play like this we will win games in the MAC."
State owned a 16-8 edge in shots with Steigerwald stopping six shots
for Northern Illinois. Swafford was credited with three saves while
one other shot was cleared away by a Ball State defender.
Huskies close the weekend Sunday (Sept. 21) with a 1 p.m. date at
Miami. The RedHawks have won the last three MAC titles and stand
at 1-1-0 in conference play this season after a 3-1 triumph over
Western Michigan on Friday.
--- Copy by Robert Hester